Bad Dog Agility sponsored athlete Sarah Baker and her border collie Hops capped off an outstanding weekend with their second straight AKC National Agility Championship win in the 20″ class, entering the finals as the top seed and besting 343 other dogs in the toughest 20″ field seen in several years. Bad Dog Agility’s Esteban
Utilizing the Coach’s Eye, we analyze dog agility videos with slow motion and on screen diagrams.
This post will include a very quick look at 2 challenges specific to the premier class: the forced layer and the run by. We’re heading to Tulsa tomorrow for the AKC National Agility Championship and I had a sudden panic attack that one or both of these challenges would appear in the warm up premier/ISC
In this video, Esteban highlights some key points in a retrieve and demonstrates how to combine it with start line work.
In our last podcast (Episode 119: Handling (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 4)), we mentioned that after a handling mistake, we like to change the environment rather than our handling cues. By manipulating the the placement of reward, your dog can be successful while you preserve the consistency in your handling cues. In the
There are 4 weeks left before the American Kennel Club International Team Tryouts in Minnesota, so over the next months, we’re going to share some of the handling that we’re reviewing in preparation for the event. Esteban reverse engineered this jumpers course from a video taken at the Canadian Kennel Club tryouts that took place
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has been developing a new Premier Class that will emphasize international handling elements like threadles, 270s, forced layering, longer distances between obstacles, and bi-directional jumps/tunnels. Various clubs have offered the class as a demonstration, and one of them mentioned the use of inverted pinwheels. Many people, including us, had never
Here’s a very interesting Masters Challenge Biathlon Jumpers course from a recent USDAA trial designed by Tammi Stone. In this article, I’m going to take a closer look at the sequence from the #14 tunnel to the #17 jump. Below the map are two videos: the first shows me running the entire course at the
For the next several weeks, we will be sharing our thoughts and training for dogs that are new to the sport. Often, instructors overlook analyses of novice courses in favor of more complex or tricky courses. Watch the video below for a map analysis and run by a true novice dog (not yet showing) followed
In this video, we analyze Rosanne DeMascio’s winning 26″ Challenger Round run with Strafe. Our focus is not on her handling choices, but on how Rosanne effortlessly reaches key positions on course by moving on as soon as her dog is committed to a given obstacle or line, allowing her to run a smooth, flowing